Skateboarding could make its Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games.
The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has held discussions with cycling’s world governing body about introducing skateboarding as a discipline for the London program.
Skateboarding events are part of the X Games, and the IOC is eager to modernize the Olympic program with sports and disciplines that appeal to youth. It has already added snowboarding to the Winter Games and BMX cycling for next year’s Beijing Olympics.
“The IOC wants to make the program relevant for young people,” IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau said.
The proposed venue for skateboarding in London is the velodrome in the Olympic Park.
“We are doing our best to introduce skateboarding for 2012,” UCI sports director Olivier Quejuiner told the London Evening Standard. “We have a clear strategy … The venue could be wonderful. All we need now is the green light from the IOC. Technically, logistically and in terms of cost, it would not be a problem to stage the event in 2012.”
Sources: Yahoo Sports